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Kyle Field

College Station, TX

Home of the Texas A&M Aggies

4.6

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Kyle Field (map it)
161 Wellborn Rd
College Station, TX 77840


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Year Opened: 1927

Capacity: 102,733

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The Spirit of Aggieland

Kyle Field is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. College Station is in the heart of the Brazos Valley, 90 miles northwest of Houston. The region is within the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area and is centered on Texas A&M University, popularly known as ”Aggieland” in reference to the university student body and sports teams.

Although football has been played on Kyle Field since 1905, the stadium open on September 24, 1927 with an original capacity of 32,800. After a recent redevelopment, Kyle Field now holds 102,733 making it the fifth largest stadium in college football and largest in the state of Texas. Kyle Field was named for Edwin Jackson Kyle who donated the area on the southern edge of campus that was assigned to him for horticultural experiments.

The Aggies' all-time record at Kyle Field at the end of the 2015 season is 402-161-19, showing that the 12th Man is a wonderful home field advantage in College Station.

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The one thing that Kyle Field seems to lack is uniqueness in the concessions. All of the expected stadium items with typical stadium prices are offered around Kyle Field.

The Aggie nachos are the highest cost on the menu at $10, while a regular nachos costs $4.50, and you can add extra cheese or chili to either size for an additional $1.75. There are a couple of food values found inside the stadium, such as a combo of a hamburger, chips, and souvenir cup soda, or a souvenir popcorn tub, for $10.

The Slovacek sausage and bratwurst cost $5.50. The Aggie dog (a basic hot dog), pretzel, peanuts, and candy round out at $4 each. There are numerous concessions offering bottled soda, water, various choices of candy, popcorn, and cotton candy. The concession stands all accept credit cards.

The soda products offered are Pepsi products. The concessions offer two sizes - medium for $4, or the large, which comes in the 12th man souvenir cup, for $5.50. Aquafina bottled water and Gatorade cost $4 each.

Atmosphere    5

The amazing atmosphere at Kyle Field begins the day before as Aggies fans migrate to College Station for Midnight Yell practice. This is something that you should include in your trip when planning a trip to College Station. Midnight Yell practice is similar to a pep rally. However, this Aggie tradition led by the Yell Leaders (Texas A&M doesn't incorporate the typical college cheerleaders) introduces the student body to any new yells or changes to existing yells. The Yell Leaders consist of three seniors and two juniors, historically all male but there could possibly be a female as the Yell Leaders are elected to their positions annually by the student body.

The morning of the game in College Station takes shape like others around the country as fans stake out a place for tailgating for the day. The tailgating is set up throughout the campus and around Kyle Field. If you are interested in more information click on the 12th man game day website.

The traditions are numerous around an Aggie football game in College Station from the firing "The Spirit of 02," to the kissing of the female who accompanies you. However one of the best traditions occurs before kickoff. Don't miss watching the marching of the Corps of Cadets and The Fightin' Texas Aggie band on their way inside Kyle Field. Composed of over 400 men and women, it is the largest military marching band in the world. The feeling you get watching these young men and women is one of amazement and pride. Similar to the military academies, these cadets are preparing to enter the armed forces. The Corps of Cadets are the largest uniformed body outside of the military academies.

Inside Kyle Field, the traditions continue as all Aggies follow the Yell Leaders in all the cheers, which usually seems to include one focused to beat the hell out of (opponent name).

One of the most recognized hymns throughout Aggieland is the Aggie War Hymn, which is focused on their in state-rival, the Texas Longhorns. After the hymn, the sawing of the horns begins, as all Aggies interlock arms, each row in the stadium swaying the opposite way, which looks like a saw going back and forth with the words, "saw varsity's horns off" in the first verse and varsity horns are sawed off in the second. Varsity is in reference again to the University of Texas Longhorns, as at one time that was the name used by the school. This motion is an amazing sight to witness. If you are in the upper deck, you might feel the stadium moving, just know it will stop once the swaying ends.

The halftime show of the Texas Fightin Aggies Band presenting their military march is very impressive, so leaving your seat at halftime would be a real mistake. So many traditions go on during an Aggie football game making it one of the best college atmospheres in the country.

Neighborhood    4

Kyle Field is located on the campus of Texas A&M University. College Station is constantly listed among the great U.S. college towns. Just north of Texas A&M University across University Drive is the Northgate District, which provides many restaurants and bars for a pre and postgame atmosphere.

The Dixie Chicken, commonly referred to as "The Chicken," has been serving College Station since 1974 and is located directly across from the Texas A&M campus. It's a great place to grab a beer before or after an event and listen to some live country music. Not only is the Dixie Chicken known to be a favorite watering hole among Aggies, but it also claims to serve the most beer per square foot of any bar in the United States, and has a variety of food selections at reasonable prices.

If you're looking to find some BBQ in the area, C&J BBQ has three locations just a few miles away from campus and is worth your time.

The Texas A&M University campus is a great way to spend time before or after an event. The one place on campus that is truly a must while visiting College Station is the Bonfire Memorial located next to the TAMU golf course. This memorial stands to represent the bond that all Aggies have with one another, the spirit, history, and traditions long celebrated and honored by Texas A&M, and is a tribute to the individuals injured or who lost their lives during the tragic 1999 Bonfire collapse. The campus also is home to the George Bush Presidential Library.

Fans    5

Texas A&M University is recognized as the home of the 12th man during football games as the crowd makes up the collective sense of having a 12th man on the field through their loud, energetic, and supportive nature to the team and fellow Aggies. There seems to be no bandwagon fans when it comes to the Aggies fans. You'll get the feeling being an Aggie fan is much more than buying the university apparel; either you are an Aggie or you're not.

Despite this extreme loyalty, you'll typically find Aggie fans to be polite and respectful. The student body stands throughout the game waiting for their cue from the Yell Leaders to create a unique home field advantage. Now with the expansion of Kyle Field to over 102,000 there will be more fans on game day showing their Aggie Spirit.

Access    4

The key in a smooth access to any sport venue is to arrive early, and Kyle Field is no different. There is plenty of sightseeing to do around the campus before kickoff, and you'll even find plenty of free parking especially in the neighborhood on the other side of the George Bush Parkway. However, there is paid parking near the stadium for the prices that are normal for college stadiums. For more information, I would suggest planning ahead.

There are nine gates around Kyle Field to enter the stadium. The concourses are wide, clean, and have plenty of handicap access. Restrooms are also easily accessible around Kyle Field.

Any stadium that can hold 102,000 might have issues at times. Overall the access of getting around Kyle Field is very easy.

Return on Investment    5

Tickets prices are typical of a top tier football program so plan ahead if you are looking for a certain game. Non-conference games are usually your best bet to score a reasonably priced ticket. Since Texas A&M plays in the Southeastern Conference, home games versus LSU and Alabama are certain to be sold out. Even the rest of the SEC teams leave little chance of finding a ticket. However, if you are college football fan, or just a sports fan in general, experiencing a game at Kyle Field is well worth your time and investment.

Extras    5

One extra point for Aggieland being in the heart of Texas with some of the friendliest people you'll find in college football.

The traditions of being an Aggie from Midnight Yell practice to sawing the horns off, there isn't anything like it in college football.

The trademark that is the 12th Man along with the Spirit of Aggieland, "spirit can ne'er be told."

Texas A&M University is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States.

The Aggie War Hymn was used as a wakeup call on Day 11 of space mission STS-121 for Texas A&M former student and mission specialist Mike Fossum.

Reveille cemetery across the street from the stadium where all the past Reveille mascots have been buried is a unique addition. There is even a scoreboard so they will always know what the score is inside Kyle Field.

One final extra point for the statue of E. King Gill, the original 12th man and the War Hymn Monument outside Kyle Field.

Final Thoughts

Every sports fan has a bucket list of events, venues, or certain games that they would like to do in their lifetime. To witness the spirit of Aggieland at Kyle Field will amaze you, and should be on all bucket lists for sports fans.

To Do List

I love hearing about stadiums that provide for an awesome, unique atmosphere. This is definitely one that is going on my to-do list. I wonder how the 12th man of Texas A&M compares to the most renowned 12th man of the NFL, Qwest Field (Seattle Seahawks)?

by paul | Jan 06, 2011 04:03 AM

RE: To Do List

Having never witnessed a game at Qwest Field I can't say which has the better 12th man, I can however say Texas A&M's Kyle Field is a stadium that should be on any college football fans bucket list.

by pderrick | Jan 10, 2011 03:42 PM

When I was in college

I was down at A & M for a conference while I was in college (1985). A real big issue was if they should let women into the marching band. Obviously tradition fell by the wayside, in the following years. About mid-night I wandered down to the field with an attractive coed from UMass. We took some pics on the Texas A & M logo at the 50 yd line and I might have kissed her a few times. I remember the stands just towered over the field. It was neat to look up at the huge stadium all around.

by CigarBoy | Apr 12, 2011 06:31 AM

Oh well

Well with Mike Sherman out and the Aggies headed to the SEC, I see next year being a very tough year for them. Is Kevin Sumlin going to rise up to the challenge and take the job???

by pderrick | Dec 02, 2011 09:11 AM

Bucket List Experience

There aren't many atmospheres in college football as unique as Kyle Stadium for an Aggie football game.

Went with my older brother last year and was completely blown away. I've been to a few major college football venues, and while those match the passion of Aggie fans, none match the coordination and Texas charm.

Locking arms with people we didn't know, we sang Good-Bye to Texas University (how interesting that song must have been for Aggies last year) and yelled "A" from the top of our lungs on third downs.

It's definitely a bucket list stop for sports enthusiasts. Not saying its the #1 overall, but so unique it's worth a visit

by pwdonaldson | Jul 02, 2012 09:57 PM

fans

definitely have some classy fans...despite me being dressed in the opposing team garb, fans were polite, friendly, and respectful...the sportsmanship in college station is unrivaled...

by mileo | May 29, 2013 11:50 PM

Fans & Expansion

Add me to the list of many who recognize the best student section in NCAA football. It's in College Station.

As for the expansion, Kyle Field is now one of the largest stadiums in the country. In their effort to surpass UT, I do not feel it was necessary after I noticed a few games at Kyle Field were not sold out.

by Astro | Mar 07, 2015 10:47 PM

Surpassing tu

Yes, we are all about surpassing those lousy teasips any way we can, bigger stadium or otherwise. Very sad we no longer play them - games like that were what made Kyle Field legendary.

by Aaron S. Terry | Dec 04, 2015 03:43 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Welcome to Aggieland

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

One thing can be said about Kyle Field, if you're a college football fan it's a must see. Located in College Station, almost right in the middle of south Texas, Kyle Field has the capacity to hold nearly 83,000 people (the 13th largest stadium in the NCAA). You will quickly see why the stadium has earned the moniker, "12th Man".

Since 1927 the Aggies have called Kyle Field home and its sheer magnitude and seating capacity has led the stadium to be the host of many events, as well as rumored ones such as a host stadium for the FIFA World Cup if the United States were to win the bid. Not many stadiums get louder than Kyle Field, and when visiting you will see some old traditions as well as new technology. With many traditions and a large jumbotron known as the "12th Man TV", Kyle Field offers a little bit of everything.

All work and no play

Total Score: 1.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 1
  • Extras: 0

If you sit in the middle of the home crowd then expect to stand the entire game. It is part of their tradition but you won't be sitting much if you actually want to watch the game. The fans are welcoming but are otherwise a bit arrogant. The stadium is not within walking distance so expect a long walk or ride the shuttle.

Home of the 12th Man

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Kyle Field is home to the Aggies, who have one of the largest, most supportive fan bases in the country. The stadium itself is old and in need of a major renovation, but the fans make up for the lacking structure. The "12th Man" is incredible, and is what makes Aggieland so unique. Every college football fan needs to see the 12th Man in their lifetime, for it won't disappoint.

Kyle Stadium

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 0

One of the most unique venues in college football. From the cordial Texas charm, to locking arms with stranger to sing good-bye to Texas University, to yelling "A" on third downs, Kyle Stadium is a bucket list stop for any college football enthusiast.

This place is kind of a joke

Total Score: 2.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 0
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 1
  • Extras: 2

Huge Stadium, but not as loud as I was expecting. Guys where polos girls where dresses, stupid traditions and male cheerleaders. Moving from up north I was very excited to take in a game here, it being known for the "12th man" and all. VERY disappointed really weak fans and although stadium is big not very loud.

Saw Varsity's Horns Off!

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I went to Texas A&M, so I am biased, but I still have to say this is one of the best college football venues in the country, and I have been to over 120 of them, so I actually have some credibility here. A big reason for Kyle Field's greatness is the fans, who actually make the upper stands sway slightly when they sing the Aggie War Hymn (no, it is NOT a fight song, it is a WAR HYMN). Just sayin'. Also, the Fightin' Texas Aggie band. You might think your school's band is pretty impressive (my buddy says it is all about who has the most tubas) BUT the Aggie band could very well put yours to shame with A&M's precision military marching, with all the cadets in perfect lockstep during their multiple, intricate formations. Also, the yell leaders are pretty impressive (we don't have cheerleaders here, which probably will disappoint many, but some women may actually think it is great that we aren't exploiting their looks). I would also point out that the yell leaders are elected by the student body, so if they end up being all male it isn't because we are stuck in the 50's. Well, we might be, but there isn't a school policy that forces them to all be male is my point. The role of the yell leaders, btw, is to signal the crowd what yell we are going to do (hence their title). So, the yell leaders will use the appropriate hand signals to let fans know what yell we are about to do, and the fans in the front rows turn around and pass the signal back to the upper rows, so that the yell can be done simultaneously by all (the yell leaders start the signal about a minute before the yell begins to give time for it to be passed all the way back). Eminently logical right? Spock would be proud? Also, the yell leaders run yell practice the night before home games, to make sure the fans are ready to yell. And when the Aggies run out of time (b/c we never lose), the yell leaders do an extra practice right after the game b/c obviously us fans failed, if we had yelled louder our team wouldn't have run out of time. I love the theme of unity here. It is more fun of course when the Aggies win, b/c then the cadets chase the yell leaders around the field, and when they catch them they carry them across campus and throw them into the fish pond (technically a fountain). And if you need something to do before or after the game, the Northgate area, on the other side of campus from the stadium, at one point had the highest per capita alcohol consumption in the country. Also there is the George Bush presidental library right on campus (HW not W). So on on all counts this is a must see college football stadium. Welcome to Aggieland!

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